The University of Akron recently published an article entitled, Lake Erie’s toughest challenges tackled by doctoral students, featuring our University of Akron Ph.D. fellows, Banafsheh Khakipoor and Lamalani Siverts, both studying biomimicry.
As a progressive utility, Avon Lake Regional Water believes in proactive versus reactive approaches to algal bloom. One of these proactive ways is by partnering with Great Lakes Biomimicry and the University of Akron to sponsor two University of Akron Ph.D. fellows studying biomimicry.
“Biomimicry is the practice of learning from nature and emulating its forms, processes, and systems to solve human problems and drive innovation.”
The partnership began in 2015 as a five-year engagement for the candidates to focus on predicting algal blooms. If we are able to predict when one will occur, Avon Lake Regional Water will be able to implement (at the appropriate time) measures to prevent its impact to our water supply, both better protecting public health and saving money.